Announcing Osgoode Digital Commons

From Louis Mirando, Chief Law Librarian, Osgoode Hall Law School:

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library is pleased to announce the official launch of the Osgoode Digital Commons (http://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/), the Osgoode Hall Law School's official, open-access institutional repository. The launch was part of the Osgoode Research Celebration held held today as the first official event of the Osgoode @ 125 celebrations to mark the School's 125th anniversary.

With the launch of its Digital Commons, Osgoode has become the first law school in Canada to provide free online access to its legal scholarship. The Osgoode Digital Commons is part of the Library's and the law school’s commitment to better preserve, organize and disseminate legal research and legal information — including full-text (PDF) copies of scholarly articles published by Osgoode faculty, journals published by the School, graduate theses, digitization projects undertaken by the Library, a gallery of books published by Osgoode faculty, and an archive of videos produced by the School. And this is just the start of an ongoing project to build a comprehensive archive of Osgoode research, all full-text and open-access.

Please take at a look at Osgoode Digital Commons and let us know what you think.

Legislation Research Skills Refresher for VALL Members

You are invited to attend a legislation research skills refresher for VALL members. This event will be facilitated by Tracy McLean and Alex McNeur at the downtown location of Courthouse Libraries BC.

The target audience for this event are VALL members who have done some legislative research in the past, but would like a refresher on specific elements or strategies. Attendees will be asked to share questions they would like a refresher on prior to the event so that Tracy and Alex can create a customized session.

Where: Courthouse Libraries BC, downtown Vancouver.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th

Time: 9:30am - 10:15am

Cost: free 

RSVP: An RSVP is required to reserve a space. Please email your RSVP and a question you would like covered to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca.

CALL-ACBD Twitter chat on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report

CALL-ACBD is hosting a "President's Twitter chat" on September 25 from 9:00-10:00am PDT on opportunities for law librarians arising from the CBA Futures Report.

Here is the announcement from CALL-ACBD with instructions on how to participate.

If you haven't ever participated in a tweet chat before, they are a great low barrier professional development tool that lets you get to know about others who share interests and participate in the conversation. Participation can range from retweeting what you find interesting to posting your own thoughts.

The hash tag is #CALLFuture

Federal Open Government Initiative - Have Librarians Been at the Table?

The following is the text of an email from Annette Demers, the President of CALL/ACBD:


Dear Colleagues,

I was wondering to what extent librarians have been involved in the consultations currently underway regarding Phase 2 of the Open Government Initiative?

I see that there are open consultation meetings taking place over the next couple of months across Canada - perhaps librarians should plan to attend!!   Please forward widely!

CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference Call for Proposals

TURNING THE TIDE / RENVERSER LA MARÉE is the theme for the CALL/ACBD 2015 conference.

The extended economic downturn has had wide-ranging effects on law libraries and the practice of law librarianship. We will explore ways in which libraries are confronting the new economic realities and are successfully turning the tide. We will examine ways in which we can improve all our various environments, from the micro work-office level to the macro industry level. In keeping with our theme, we also plan to make environmental law the focus of our substantive law sessions. We will see how law and law libraries can be transformative in nature and will look to the future to develop solutions ahead of the waves.

Let's meet and surf the opportunities by TURNING THE TIDE at the CALL/ACBD 2015 Conference!

BCLA mentorship program applications open

The British Columbia Library Association mentorship program for this year has opened for applications.

In previous years there have been particular requests from mentee applicants for mentors in law libraries, so if anyone is interested, it seems that there is desire for some insight on working a law libraries.

New Canadian legal information tool

Last week Mitch Kowalski wrote about a new video service in law called LegalTube.ca from LawyerLocate.ca.

As Canadians move deeper into an era of video information and self-help, so does the legal community — well, at least part of the legal  community.

LawyerLocate.ca, Canada’s leading lawyer referral service, has now launched LegalTube.ca – this country’s only legal video distribution site, allowing every day Canadians to easily access video information on a wide range of legal topics. It also allows LawyerLocate.ca  lawyer members to expand their online presence. (read the full article here)

It seems like it may have interesting possibilities for those seeking accessible legal information and as a tool for marketting by lawyers (or at least photogenic ones).

Pacer announces missing federal court documents

For those of you who do US legal research on a regular basis: Pacer has announced that there are a large number of missing documents from the US Federal Courts on their system.

According to journalist John Hawkinson this is because of a  "system integration issue — didn't prioritize backwards compatibility."

Here is the text of the announcement (and here's the original announcement page):

'As of August 10, 2014 the following information will no longer be available on PACER: 

Announcement of service reductions at the Courthouse Libraries BC

Service reductions have recently been announced at Courthouse Libraries BC, due to budget cuts.

Here is the blog post discussing the changes for those who haven't seen it already.

September Seminar - Research on Businesses and their Markets

Please join VALL for its September seminar on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Guest speaker Alyssa Green, of VPL's InfoAction, will be discussing research on businesses and their markets. Taking an in depth approach to the topic, Alyssa will cover (among others): finding company information and industry level and stock information. Alyssa will also live demo some useful sources.

Date: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Time: Registration @ 11:45, lunch @ 12 noon, seminar to conclude by 1:30.

Place: Shangri-La Hotel. 1128 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $46 VALL members, $65 non-members (+$2 fee only if paying online)

Registration: Register by mail or online. See registration form for details. The registration form is here.

PayPal payment option is below. Don't forget to follow up with an email to Emily.Klomps-Spanjers@mcmillan.ca with your registration details if you are paying by PayPal. 

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